Through The Window Pane [Limited Edition] Enhanced, Special Edition
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There's no doubting the ambitions of Through The Window Pane. Its makers, London's Guillemots might be able to trace their roots back to the indie underground like so many, frontman Fyfe Dangerfield got his musical break when his former band recorded a John Peel session but this is a debut that owes nothing to angry abrasiveness or wilfully leftfield tactics. Diverse, subtle, and commendably understated see the opening "Little Bear", five minutes of near silence interrupted only by gentle strings, lounge piano, and Dangerfields soft, operatic vocal this is an album seemingly diametrically opposed to the voguish all-mouth, no-trousers school of modern indie. "Made-Up Love Song 43" combines tearful, emo-tinged balladry with sped-up vinyl wobble, heavenly vocal choirs, and distant accordion, while the spacey "A Samba In The Snowy Rain" confirms Guillemots luxuriate with the sort of progressive rock nous that should see their name mentioned next to the likes of Sigur Rós or Mew. It's not all bombastic "Blue Would Still Be Blue" is comparatively restrained, Dangerfield's impressive range hitched to spare keyboard blips. But as "Sao Paolo" builds from swinging piano ballad to horns-powered prog symphony over eleven fireworks-packed minutes, there's no denying that in the world of Guillemots, bigger is definitely better. -Louis Pattison
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Although based in Birmingham, the band's members have been compiled from England, Scotland, Brazil and Canada. A most ecclectic mix you'll agree, and certainly a cosmopolitan blend that adds a rich variety to the songs. The thumping 'Trains To Brazil' is a personal favourite and benefits from a thunderous, driving tomm tomm rhythm and stacatto horn section that captures the capital's carnival spirit. The album's opener 'Little Bear' on the other hand recalls the sort of string arrangements and harmonic invention that made 'Day's Of Future Past' such a timeless classic, and that's what this album deserves to become; a classic.
You see, out of all the brilliant albums I mentioned above, Muse's bombastic and thrilling 'Black Holes and Revelations'; Editor's dark and brooding 'The Back Room'; Thom Yorke's troubled and claustrophobic 'The Eraser', 'Through The Windowpane' is the only album that can possibly be described as magical. The exstatic, shimmering and at times downright chaotic orchestral arangements, Fyfe Dangerfield's swooning, soaring vocals and of course the band, keeping at all together, cannot produce an album that is anything less than magical. It is an album to get lost in, an album that will sweep you off your feet. If only you'll let it.
"Made Up Love Song" is the perfect pop hit, it defines the album. Fun, Catchy but most of all, mesmerizing. "Through The Windowpane" achieves everything an album should, it keeps the listener engaged, while making them think all the time. Even after your 30th listen, you're left asking for more. It's that kind of album.
The actual song "Through The Windowpane" is the masterpiece of the album. Keeping the rhythm of singles "Made Up Love Song" and "Trains To Brazil", it fuses classic pop, with indie rock and classical music. Dangerfield sings every note perfectly, as he sings "And I felt love come in through my windowpane", your heart melts and your soul is filled with joy and happiness.
The mercury award nomination was never questioned, people know what kind of an album this is, perfect for a mercury award, it certainly deserves to win it. Even against the likes of Thom Yorke and Muse, it should come out trumps.
Some people may question the pace of some of the songs. "If The World Ends" and "Redwings" don't seem to get going. But them you listen to how the songs are arranged. And every little part of the song blends brilliantly. "Redwings" turns into the perfect 50's movie soundtrack and "If The World Ends" turns into the perfect tearjerking ballad.Read more ›
Indeed, Fyfe Dangerfield has an excellent voice, one which is used in falsetto appropriately, and the use of echo and fading adds extra emphasis to his lyrics.
Trains to Brazil, Through the Window Pane and Sao Paulo are particular favourites of mine.
The key aspect of the album is its avant-garde approach, best displayed in the final track which is a brilliantly ''composed'' track. I say composed as classical elements are evident throughout the album, but is fully expanded on in Sao Paulo, a daring move in my opinion. It definitely pays off, as the 11 minute masterpiece will simply blow you away, as each aspect drives emotion and provokes anticipation within the listener, something I haven't witnessed in contemporary generic music.
A beautiful record, and I fully appreciate it.
After five years of new bands who had cut and pasted their styles from the same early 80's scrapbook, here was someone who had been there, who had heard the music of the spheres and had come back to share the sounds of the great gig in the sky with us. It was about time.
It was also the return of - a voice, the kind that hadn't been heard for a long time, the kind of voice that belongs to a starry eyed wanderer. The sound of another side of the 80's. It had the youth and innocence of a young Roddy Frame, the rebel heart of Kevin Rowland, the celtic soul of Liam O'Maonlai and the vision of Mike Scott. Aztec Camera, Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Hothouse Flowers and The Waterboys rolled into one. And then some. The return of the Big Music.
For most of its length the album lives up to the promise of the single. The first song, and the other slow ones here have wrong footed some people, but they work. There is also a classic crooner inside Mr Dangerfield, good enough to pull off dreamy, sad eyed numbers like Little Bear, Redwings, and If the World Ends. But the band is at their best when they let fly. Through The Windowpane sees them on similar form to Made up Love Song #43, pulling sounds out of nowhere.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got into this band by accident- hearing "She Needs Me" by Fyfe Dangerfield on the radio, and then getting all the Guillemots albums to date from there. Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Gary Richardson
I adore this album, it is on of my all time favourites and a Guillemots great. Of course all of their music is great but this... this is special. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2012 by Ms. Elspeth Rose
Typical Guillemots, some excellence, some mediocrity. There's some terrific tracks on here: Little Bear, Made-Up Lovesong #43, Sao Paulo. Read morePublished on 17 April 2012 by Dan
Picks you up, builds to amazing musical peaks and then deposits you gently ready for the next track. Beatuiful, melodic, sweeping especially in the car late at night. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2011 by the captain
As Little Bear kicks in you can feel the tears welling in your eyes as this simply beautiful and moving music composed and performed with your soul (and not your ears) in mind... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2011 by The Rabi Acrobat
I first saw this group on a live music show called Later... With Jools Holland and was impressed enough with their songs and electric performance to want to buy their latest album... Read morePublished on 19 Dec. 2008 by Andy Sweeney
No, man, I shouldn't like this as much as I do. I know this. Yet, considering I've spent the last few years of my life rallying against Britain's acceptance of Hard-Fi and... Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2008 by 77
This is a classic 'grower'. For those (like me) whose expectations were primed by the singles, it can take a bit of adjustment before the real beauty of this album starts to kick... Read morePublished on 11 July 2007 by Chuck E
Like all the best albums this one takes time to get to know and it has certainly grown on me over the last 3 months. Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2007 by C. Lines